Firsts In Satellite History 

October 4, 1957               The Russian Sputnik 1 is the first satellite in space.  Russia becomes the first space power.

November 3, 1957            A dog named 'Laika' is the first living creature in space.

February 1, 1958              Explorer 1 is the first American satellite in space.  The United States becomes the second country in

November 3, 1960            NASA launches its first satellite, the Explorer 8.

April 12, 1961                  The first man in space.

June 16, 1963                   The first woman in space.

August 19, 1964               The Syncom 3 becomes the first geostationary telecommunications satellite.

July 21, 1969                    The first man to walk on the moon.

April 12, 1981                  The first manned space shuttle.

April 6, 1984                    SMM was the first satellite repaired in orbit by the space shuttle.

November 6, 1984            The first time that satellites were brought back from space by the space shuttle.

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